Graduate Programs

The graduate division of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences currently offers a Ph.D. degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences and a Masters degree program in Climate & Society. We are also seeking to expand existing cooperative programs with Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and continue to develop our relationship with the Columbia Earth Institute, an umbrella construct whose chief mission is to facilitate interactions among the numerous University centers and departments that share an interest in sustainability and the wise stewardship of the planet.

NOTE:  Due to the current weakness in the job market for environmental journalists, Columbia's dual degree program in Earth & Environmental Science Journalism will not be accepting new students for the foreseeable future.

Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Ph.D. program aims to train broadly educated Earth scientists for careers in academia, research, government, and industry; along the way, our students move swiftly from receiving knowledge to creating it. The Ph.D. program is a full-time program; students who can attend classes only in the late afternoons and evenings and on Saturdays or during the Summer Session may not matriculate in this department.  The application deadline for the Ph.D. program is January 5th.

We are pleased to make available the new 2018 DEES Guide to the PhD Program.
DEES Guide to the PhD Program Archive: Guide to the PhD Program.

Please send any errors noted or questions to Kaleigh Matthews
This Guide will be updated every summer.

Masters in Climate and Society

The M.A. Program in Climate and Society is a twelve-month interdisciplinary Master of Arts program that trains professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impacts of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. Through classes and research, students gain knowledge in both climate science as well as social sciences as they relate to climate.